Saturday, October 22, 2011

AIDS in Africa

          I think that the effects of AIDS are so massively different in Africa than they are in the U.S.  because sex is a form of survival in Africa, which is commonly known as the Jaboya system. Africa is also not a very wealthy country that can afford HIV health care programs, therefore they can't afford condoms and aren't aware of prevention methods to reduce the risk of becoming  HIV positive. Since having sexual relationships with others provide a security of bringing food to the table every day, this makes the effects of AIDS even worse. For those with AIDS or HIV, they must keep silent. If it becomes known that they have this chronic disease, it may cause the food provider (normally fishermen) to not want to have anything to do with that person and their family. Therefore, keeping silent will infect the food provider and other various sex partners they have, with AIDS or HIV. The effects of AIDS become much worse there because of the fact that there are various numbers of sex partners which increases the different strands of HIV/ AIDS. Combining two different strands of AIDS or HIV from each individual makes the disease stronger and more  . This is why the effects are much harsher in Africa then the effects of AIDS/ HIV in America. It is also much harder to treat especially considering they don't have much money for treatment. If gone untreated the effects will increase at a rapid growth, making it more unbearable. 
     I had very little knowledge about AIDS in Africa before watching these videos. The few things that I did know about AIDS in Africa is that it's where AIDS originated from. It is originally a disease that took place in the monkey species until it began transferring the disease into humans.  The one theory that was thought to have caused the transfer of this disease is based on blood on blood contact. It started with the butchering of the monkey species, a hunt for monkey meat in Africa. After the hunters would cut up the meat, the blood would be everywhere. In result causing the spread of AIDS. Though AIDS was not initially a problem at that time because it was only spread to very few citizens in Africa. Therefore, nobody really knew AIDS even existed.                                                                                 
I think that culture takes a significant role in the effects AIDS has had on the African population. This is because of the Jaboya system I referred to earlier has caused the further spread of HIV and AIDS. It would also be passed on. Babies would be tested HIV positive at birth because it was carried down from the parents who was infected with it first.  Since AIDS and HIV were causing 72% of the population in Africa to be infected. Many children loose both their parents because of AIDS or HIV, leaving them to live on their own or given to an orphanage. Many citizens in Africa began to die because of the increase of people infected with this disease. If it wasn't for the widely spread disease that is everywhere in Africa many of their people would still be alive.

        There are a variety of solutions that can help prevent citizens in Africa from getting AIDS and decreasing the death rate caused by AIDS while maintaining treatment for those who already have it. One solution I find best fit for Africa would consists of socialism, where different countries will step in and help Africa spread awareness of whats going on in their society while teaching them different methods to prevent the cause of HIV or AIDS. The system of Jaboya should be ruled as illegal because of what harm it has caused with the increasing rate of AIDS in Africa. They should be forced to trade with goods and other sources of labor such as cleaning or cooking the food. Offering sex as a form of survival is very unethical and disturbing. Professionals from different countries should offer medical care training to citizens in Africa to help benefit the overall population by having citizens aware of the situation and have a deep understanding of what it is, how it could be prevented, how it's caused, and so on.

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